TEEN AMERICAN SCHOLAR 2021
Hi everyone! My name is Alexis Michelle Bugarin, Teen Miss American Scholar 2021. I’m 15 years old and live in Ewa Beach, Hawai'i. I’m excited to start the new school year as a junior at Kapolei High School where I’ll be studying with the theatre program. I love art. Both theatre and fine arts. I’m an entrepreneur and started my own business drawing on glass and clothing. I sell them to family and friends and a portion of my sales I donate to organizations.
As for theatre, it has been part of me for more than half my life. I enjoy performing and getting to play different characters. I’ve studied with many accomplished theatre actors, directors, and composers. I’ve studied, performed, and competed all over our island and also in California, Florida, and New York. The stage is my second home.
A few years ago, I decided to try something new. Something out of my comfort zone and take a leap in pageantry. I did my very first pageant when I was 12 years old and finished 3rd runner up. I knew from there it wasn’t going to be my last. I gained sisters that have been positive influences. I gained self-confidence and a voice to share my story. I went onto my next where I won the state title as Jr. Teen Hawaii. From there I worked closely with our community and B.R.A.V.E. Hawaii. I earned the Presidential Silver Award in 2018 and the Presidential Gold Award in 2019 for serving over 100+ hours in my community. I share my love for music, helping others, and educating kids and adults about B.R.A.V.E. (Be Respectful and Value Everyone). I know many people have been struggling with the same things I have; bullying, self-love, and acceptance.
B.R.A.V.E has become a big part of my life and has helped me become the person I am now. With B.R.A.V.E, it allowed me to not stay silent but be BRAVE and share my story. With the help of B.R.A.V.E., I want to shed H.O.P.E. (Help Others Persevere and Excel).
With B.R.A.V.E. and H.O.P.E. I’m teaching others to be kind, to show compassion, to respect, and to accept people for who they are but also to love the person they are. To have self-love, self-worth, and strive for their goals. It’s important to help bring light into people’s lives especially when they feel they are alone.
As your Teen American Scholar, I will continue to be that ambassador and share my story and help shed light. I am very passionate about B.R.A.V.E. and H.O.P.E. I am a true believer that every voice matters. By sharing my story, I want to share awareness and a positive message. From this, others will break their silence and seek help. We forget words can be hurtful as physical pain. I want to set an example to many that age doesn’t matter. We all can be leaders and role models.